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Cross Necklace, Vintage Brass AAA Black Onyx Handmade Jewelry Gift

Item Description

The elegant GLORIA IN DEO handmade necklace is a meaningful gift for the woman who loves wearing unique artisan cross jewelry.  The one of a kind necklace features a stunning vintage brass cross pendant, faceted AAA black onyx tubes, black onyx discs and copper. The eye-catching cross was artisan made for use in African trade.  Based on a simplified Tuareg design, the cross is exquisitely detailed.with graceful curved arms.  In the center is a raised dome with a mirror-like finish (which reflects many things, as you can see in the photos).  A circle of decorative raised dots surrounds the dome, and a set of two raised dots and a teardrop are found on each curved arm.  A larger dot finishes the end of each arm with cross hatched edges for even more texture.  Over the course of years, the brass developed a darker patina in the recessed areas highlighting the raised polished areas. The back side of the cross is shiny with a “hole” where the dome is.  
To perfectly complement the glowing brass cross, exquisite black onyx tubes were used.  The black onyx is graded AAA quality (the best), jet black with a high polish.  Eight long facets on each tube adds sparkle at each movement when the necklace is worn.  Between each tube is a black onyx disc, separated by 3 mm copper beads.  A pure copper toggle clasp set with a teardrop design securely fastens the necklace.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the unique GLORIA IN DEO necklace is a perfect gift for the woman who collects and loves to wear one of a kind, artisan designed cross jewelry.  “Gloria in Deo” is Latin for “glory to God.” 

  • Vintage brass cross:  app. 70 mm x 60 mm (2.76” x 2.36”)
  • AAA quality black onyx tubes:  app. 16 mm x 8 mm (0.63” x 0.31”); long faceted
  • Black onyx discs:  app. 6 mm x 4 mm (0.24” x 0.16”)
  • Metal:  brass (cross) and copper
  • Length:  app.  18” / 45.7 cm
  • Pendant drop:  app. 2.75” / 7.0 cm

***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the brass cross pendant and black onyx tubes used to create the GLORIA IN DEO artisan necklace, please be sure to check out photo #3 for a size comparison with a quarter.

A cross represents Jesus' victory over sin and death, since it is believed that through his death and resurrection, he conquered death itself.  Brass is said to help develop strength of spirit. Black Onyx is believed to be a powerful protective stone and helps bring balance to mind and body; it helps the wearer approach a task with greater self confidence.  Copper is said to allow the wearer to recognize barriers in the path of personal development.     

The one of a kind GLORIA IN DEO cross necklace was carefully designed and handmade in a dog friendly, smoke free studio.  The necklace will come with two informational drop tags: one with the piece's name; the other lists the materials used in the necklace and the language of the stones and metals. It will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!   
***  Each piece of the beautiful handmade  jewelry found in my shop is photographed outside in natural light.  Please be aware that not all computer monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the components used to create each piece of jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my own monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.


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